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Jersey Boys – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Des McAnuff Book: Marshall Brickman / Rick Elice Music / Lyrics: Bob Gaudio / Bob Crewe Reviewer: Helen Tope If you had to place a bet on how Jersey Boys begins, I would imagine a French rap would not figure at the top of your list. A startling opening for a jukebox musical, Jersey Boys declares its point of ...

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The Band – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Tim Firth Music: Take That Lyrics: Take That/David Pugh Director: Kim Gavin & Jack Ryder Reviewer: Francesca Parker Could it be magic? Well, judging by the audience’s reactions, the standing ovation, and the fact that it has become the fastest selling UK musical tour, it absolutely is! In association with Tim Firth and David Pugh, Take That have created ...

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La Forza del Destino – Bristol Hippodrome

Director: David Pountney Conductor: Carlo Rizzi Set designer: Raymond Bauer Reviewer: Julia Beasley The force of destiny is not in Leonora’s favour. Against her father’s wishes, she plans to elope with a freedom fighter. It all goes wrong when he accidentally kills her dad. Her brother vows to avenge his father’s death. Leonora runs away and becomes a hermit. The ...

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Best of BE FESTIVAL – Circomedia, Bristol

Reviewer: Julia Beasley The fabulously floodlit church of St Paul in Portland Square is the perfect venue for this trio of top-drawer alternative theatre performances. Home to renowned circus skills academy Circomedia, it ably hosts the best acts from last year’s BE FESTIVAL, Birmingham’s international festival of performing arts (previously called Birmingham European Festival). First of the three performances is ...

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Sleeping Beauty – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music:  Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography: Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Peter Wright Director: David Bintley Reviewer: Barbara Michaels One of the stars in the firmament of the Birmingham Royal Ballet company, their production of The Sleeping Beauty, first staged by the company in 2010, is one of the best. Not surprisingly, it remains an important part of their repertory, and is, ...

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Tango Moderno – New Theatre, Cardiff

Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone Director: Karen Bruce Choreography: Karen Bruce with Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Sultry and sexy, exotic as a hot summer evening in Buenos Aires – Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone bring the exciting beat of the Argentine Tango to the stage of Cardiff’s New Theatre this week in Tango Moderno.  Ever since ...

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Richard III Redux OR Sara Beer (is/not) Richard III – Chapter, Cardiff

Director: Phillip Zarrilli Playwright: Kate O’Reilly Reviewer: Emily Pearce Sara Beer’s personality and incredulity at an unknowingly ignorant society shines through in this warm, but unpolished one-woman show. Shakespeare’s Richard III that was so famously portrayed by Oliver, McKellen and many others, gets a different kind of treatment by the articulate Sara Beer. Part biographical work, part analysis of a seemingly ...

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Art – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Yasmina Reza (translated by Christopher Hampton) Director: Ellie Jones (original director Matthew Warchus) Reviewer: Joan Phillips You can make what you want out of Yasmina Reza’s short play, Art. Is it a play about contemporary art commentary? Is it about relationships between middle-aged white men? Is it about how educated, middle-class people develop a polite veneer to cover their ...

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